Sometimes when I look around at my country, I get pretty depressed. Hard-fought but long-ago supposedly won victories like, oh, you know, the right for women to have a say in what they do with their own bodies or for universities to be able to put a value on a diverse student population, suddenly look like they are being reversed. Candidates for the presidency fall over each other to say the worst things possible about public funding for education. So it’s nice to see stories like this one to remind me that the reason the rhetoric and vitriol is so high right now is because one side is losing. It may not always look like it, but the jingoist, fear-based, gay-bashing, ignorance-worshipping bigotry-backed dipshit agenda really is sliding away.
It’s sliding away and people like Paige Sultzbach are helping it do so — along with, just as importantly, all the people out there who are permitting her to do so. So cheers to them and you too, dear reader, for pressing on with them.
– Erik Ryberg